Newcastle will have a massive clearout of players this summer as Rafa now tries to build a squad that can challenge for the top six in the Premier League.
And the Chronicle is reporting today that local lad Adam Armstrong will be available for transfer this summer.
After doing really well on loan at Coventry in the 2014-2015 season when he scored 20 goals in 40 appearances, Adam has not done so well in the last two years.
His loan spells at Barnsley and Bolton were not successful, although this year at Blackburn Rovers in League One he did score 12 goals in a total of 44 appearances.
Adam Armstrong – will be sold this summer
Adam is 21, and it’s make or break time for him at Newcastle.
Benitez will bring at least one striker into the club this summer and Adam would appear to be way down the pecking order if he stays at Newcastle.
The report is that Rafa has made the decision to sell the young striker with two years still left on his contract.
Once a player reaches 21, he must be showing through at Newcastle in the first team, if he has a future career at the club.
But Adam would seem to be joining a long line of local lads who have not made it at Newcastle.
He reminds us of Adam Campbell who was also a promising young striker at the club.
Campbell left the club back in 2015 when he was 21 and had a short two-year spell at League Two Notts County (12 goals in 77 appearances) before joining Morecambe last summer.
That’s an area of the club that Rafa wants to improve in the years ahead as he wants more players coming through to the first team.